Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Muffins

One of Wes and my favorite things to do while Daws is taking his morning nap is bake muffins. We have recipes for all seasons and all lengths of time since our last shopping trip. One of our favorites for the last year has been this apple muffin recipe which combines the best parts from our earlier trials.

All this time, we've just topped it with a little brown sugar crumble, but this week we were short on brown sugar so we tried something new. We topped it with a the cinnamon cream cheese frosting from Cooking Classy (they use it on pumpkin cake... which I still have to try) and the results were simply too heavenly to keep to ourselves. Really they were; we made a second batch to take to our neighbors.

Without further adieu: 

Apple Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 cup butter 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 apple, half grated, half cut in small chunks

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat together remaining ingredients until smooth. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the greased muffin pan. Bake 20 minutes at 375, or until a toothpick comes clean. Allow to sit before removing.

Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whip together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until combined, and then increase to medium until it's combined and fluffy. After decorating the muffins, we put them in the fridge to set the frosting so it didn't end up in the boys hair when they ate them like they hadn't been fed all week.

Enjoy (and then make some for your neighbor, our neighbors could all use a little more love!)